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Planting Chard, Lettuce, Beets, Carrots, Onions, Mitsuba, and Cilantro

On Saturday, I repaired the frame of the third garden bed.  On Sunday, I dug the bed and turned over the soil, which took a long time as I had to remove a lot of tree roots. Tonight, I finished preparing … Continue reading

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New Garden Rake

My old garden rake was great, except for one thing:  it kept coming apart.  The metal “business end” slipped out of the wooden handle every few minutes whenever I used it.  It was fine when it was new, but once … Continue reading

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Preparing for & Planting Peas

I “rotate” my garden plants each year, moving each family of vegetables to the next of my four raised garden beds.  The vegetables don’t occupy the same soil for four years, which hopefully reduces the number of pests and diseases specific to … Continue reading

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Planting for Fall

Timing can be tricky when you’re planting fall crops.  Too late, and you’ll never harvest anything; too early, and summer’s heat may be too much for cool-weather crops. Tonight, I prepared raised bed number four.  I pulled various cabbage family … Continue reading

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Transplanting 02: Early Tomatoes

The weather prediction looks perfect for newly transplanted seedlings over the next week:  rainy or cloudy, never too hot or cold.  I had been “hardening off” the early tomatoes since Thursday, i.e. putting them outside in a shady spot so … Continue reading

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Planting 06: Radish, Mustard Greens, & Turnips

I prepared raised bed number four on Monday (April 8th) in the usual way:  digging with the garden fork; raking it out flat and banking the sides; and adding first manure, then two pounds of 5-10-10 fertilizer (this bed is … Continue reading

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Preparing Garden Bed Number One

This raised bed was prepared in the same manner as raised bed number two.  I already cleaned the old plant stems out earlier. I moved some of the screws holding the timbers together so that they were in solid wood … Continue reading

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Preparing a Garden Bed

Preparation of this raised bed (bed number two) began with the cleanup a few weeks ago.  After that, I turned over the soil with my garden fork.  This loosens the soil to allow air and water to move freely, mixes decaying … Continue reading

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